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Oscar 2018 Documentary shorts - Shortlist Announced

Wednesday 6 December, 2017

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have just announced that the 2018 'Documentary Short Subject' film contenders has been narrowed down from 77 eligible films to a shortlist of 10 docs, of which 5 will earn Oscar® nominations. 

We've scoured the web to see which ones are already available online, and have embedded the shorts below, or trailers where the fill short doc is not yet available to see so if you are looking for some excellent short docs to fill your time, watch below!


With her fiancé in jail, single mother Alone Watts must decide whether to go through with their wedding. Garrett Bradley’s New York Times Op Docs short is available to watch in full below:



Edith and Eddie, ages 96 and 95, are America's oldest interracial newlyweds. Their love story is disrupted by a family feud that threatens to tear the couple apart. Laura Checkoway's film can be watched in full via Al Jazeera here and we've included a clip below:


Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405

A film portrait of a brilliant artist whose psychologically precise work describes a lifetime battle against anxiety and depression. Frank Stiefel's full film is available below:


In the face of the opioid epidemic in a West Virginia town, three women are giving their community a fighting chance. Elaine McMillion Sheldon's short doc can be seen in full on Netflix.

Kayayo – The Living Shopping Baskets

In Ghana, 10 000 girls from the ages of 6 work as real life shopping baskets - called Kayayo. Mari Bakke Riise's full film can be watch via Vimeo on Demand.

Knife Skills

Thomas Lennon's doc on the launch of an haute cuisine Cleveland restaurant, staffed by men and women recently released from prison. Watch the trailer below.


116 Cameras

A Holocaust survivor preserves her story via hologram. Davina Pardo's New York Times Op Docs short is available to watch in full:


Ram Dass, Going Home

A poetic and profound encounter with Ram Dass at his home on Maui. Watch the trailer for Derek Peck's film below:

Ten Meter Tower

People who have never been up ​a 10 meter diving tower before have to chose whether to jump or climb down. The third New York Times Op Doc on the list, Maximilien Van Aertryck and Axel Danielson's film is available to watch in full: 

Traffic Stop

A routine traffic violation stop escalates into a dramatic arrest in Kate Davis' documentary, no footage available online yet.

The final five nominations for the 90th Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, January 23, 2018.